Hackers are everywhere and they find a new way to get their hand on our personal details. Now internet users are facing a new process of hacking dubbed Bluebugging. With the new process of hacking, hackers can gain access to devices with discoverable Bluetooth connections and they can able to overhear calls, read and transmit messages, and steal or alter contacts. Initially, it was expected that the issue is with the users of computers or laptops which is having Bluetooth connectivity.
But that is not the reality, as mobile phone users and other gadgets which is having Bluetooth connectivity (for example, truly wireless earphones and more) are also having the same risk like computer users. According to an independent security researcher, it is reported that the bug used a Bluetooth protocol flaw to retrieve call logs and phone books.
How hacking is possible using Bluebugging?
As I mentioned above, the Bluebugging can be done on the Bluetooth enabled devices and the same can be done only on those devices which are having Bluetooth on discoverable mode. Now let’s see how they do the process, the hacker will try to attempt to Bluetooth pair with the device and they can employ brute force attacks to get around authentication once a connection has been established. Hackers can also able to put Malware on the device as well. It is also said that this can be done if the device is within a 10-metre range of the hacker.
How to defend Bluebugging?
You can avoid bluebugging attacks by following some tricks including disabling Bluetooth and removing paired Bluetooth devices when the same is not in use. You also need to update the system software if the same is available on your device and restrict the usage of open Wi-Fi.
Let’s hope that the OEMs will respond to the new hacking process soon and bring an extra layer of protection to protect the user’s personal data.
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